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Politician arrested over marriage to 14-year-old girl

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A Chadian minister has been detained by police following reports over his marriage to 14-year-old girl who is considered under-aged in the African country.

Azzai Mahamat Hassane’s lawyer has denied that his client’s wife is underage.

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Politician arrested over marriage to 14-year-old girl

“Our client has not married an under-aged girl. She is of legal age and it is no true that the girl was forced into the marriage” he said

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French-language news broadcaster RFI quotes a state prosecutor as saying Mr Hassane married the girl in a “customary ceremony” in 2017 when he travelled to the western town of Nokou with a political delegation.

Marriage in Chad under the age of 18 is illegal and people found to have married minors or offered underage children for marriage face prison.

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